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Wellness Matters Polk County Schools 2010 Health Fair A Life-Changing Event Energized, pumped-up and ready to make a change, Izora Bullock from Haines City High School, could not wait for the 2008 Annual Health Fair. She wanted to learn more about L.O.S.E. (Lessons On Sensible Eating) and other activities offered by the Polk County School Board Wellness Team for employees and retirees. Izora admits she knew several people who successfully lost weight through L.O.S.E. and she wanted to be one of the “lucky ones” who could tout her success. “I was actively participating in Curves, but was seeking additional support in the area of nutrition and food management.” Izora was amazed at the breadth of health care professionals providing free services at the Annual Health Fair. She completed the comprehensive blood work, cancer screenings and bone scan. She flaunts, “I have the bones of a teenager!” She filled her tote with lots of freebies, samples and educational materials provided by vendors. She tasted and received recipes from vendors like Publix, which showcased professional chefs demonstrating quick and easy dishes that were sure to pass the healthy test. Motivated by her screening results that indicated a need to make nutritional and lifestyle changes, Izora joined the L.O.S.E Too weight loss program. L.O.S.E Too incorporates nutritional counseling from a registered dietitian and requires weekly participation in a support group like Weight Watchers, TOPS or Jenny Craig. Izora found TOPS to be the on-going stimulation she needed to stay on her weight-loss track. “Thanks to the Health Fair and L.O.S.E., I am 43 pounds slimmer and counting! I have Special reduced three dress sizes,” Izora writes. “While I could have lost more weight, I am happy that Health Fair I have not gained any of the weight back. It has been steady and consistent weight loss.” Izora believes that the Health Fair helps her save on medical expenses. “I continue to Edition complete blood work-ups, and I’m aware of my risk for diabetes, cholesterol and high blood pressure.” She admits that as her age increases, so does her concern in these health areas. Beyond weight loss, Izora has seen many physical changes. “My breathing and stamina have improved through exercising. I’m no longer out of breath or energy.” Most importantly, her doctor has not prescribed medication for cholesterol or diabetes as she once suggested. She is now able to manage these through diet and exercise. “My style of cooking has changed tremendously. I don’t fry food any more, and I have increased the amount of fruits, vegetables and grains in our diet,” she said. “My husband attends the Health Fair with me, and completes all of his vital screenings too. He is more conscious of his eating, and is losing weight!” However, Izora’s success does not stop there; she was elected president of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), FL #476 Dundee Chapter. Not only is she enjoying life-changing success, but she is able to benefit the TOPS members through her experience and newly-found passion. Does your health need a life-changing experience? Join fellow employees at the 2010 ABCs of Health, Polk County Schools Employee and Retiree Health Fair. Complete screenings that are essential to your health; meet doctors and other professionals dedicated to improving your well-being; and, learn the latest medical advances that can promote good health for you. Don’t stop here…read more about the Health Fair in this issue of Wellness Matters. ABCs of Health Polk County Schools Employee Health Fair Free health screenings—$1,200 value! March 6, 2010 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM Highland Park Church of the Nazarene, Family Ministries Building 4777 Lakeland Highlands Road, Lakeland Total cholesterol PSA (men only) Hearing tests HDL/LDL/VLDL Insulin resistance Memory screening Triglycerides Cancer screenings Balance testing Blood sugar & A1c Vision screenings Massage therapy Blood pressure Lung function 8-hour fasting required Lab work must be completed by 11:00 AM Due to increased liability, children’s activities WILL NOT be available. Lakeland Regional Cancer Center Special Thanks to Screenings: Health Fair Breast Prostate Colorectal Sponsors Skin Osteoporosis Mammography by appointment only, call (863) 603-6579 PCSB Blue Cross/Blue Shield Insurance card required There are no age restrictions for these services. Polk County School Board BC/BS insurance is required for cancer and osteoporosis screenings. Please present your PCSB BC/BS insurance card prior to screening. Cancer and osteoporosis screenings will not be performed on those who do not have their insurance card. Note for the men: Please have lab/blood drawn prior to prostate screening. Win a Beach Vacation Call Now For Your All Health Fair participants will have the opportunity to win one of hundreds of door prizes. Two lucky Appointment people will win the grand prize: 3-days and 2-nights 3-days Memory Screening Call Stephanie at (863) 688-4834 at Tradewinds Resort Tradewinds Resor t Mammography Screening Call Teresa at (863) 603-6579 on beautiful Pete St. Pete Beach Don’t Don’t Forget orget Call NOW! NOW! Pre-registration Required! ABCs of Health Pre-registration Information Infor mation Pre-register at: https://healthfair.polk-fl.net or complete the following information: Name _____________________________________________ Home address______________________________City_______________________ Zip____________ SAP No. __________________ School/worksite ____________________________________ Phone(home or cell) _____________ __________________ _______I will have blood work completed. Will your spouse be attending? ________ Health Screenings & Spouse’s name __________________________ $500 HRA Contribution _______My spouse** will have blood work completed. Employees who are enrolled in the new 3160/3161 HRA Insurance Plan will **A spouse not covered by PCSB BC/BS insurance is receive an additional $500 contribution required to pay $40 for blood work. into their Health Reimbursement No bills over $20 will be accepted; checks payable Arrangement (HRA) by completing a to Polk County School Board. health screening* and Personal Health Assessment provided by the PCSB Send your registration to the following address: Wellness Program & BC/BS. Courier Mail: Wellness Program *8-hour fasting required Woodlake Center, Route D Attn: Jenny Calhoun WANTED: Friendly, Smiling Faces Volunteers Needed at Health Fair March 6, 2010 Volunteers are needed to meet and greet participants at the ABCs of Health, Polk County Schools Annual Health Fair! Responsibilities may include registration, vendor relations, set-up, break down, or other assignments as necessary. Volunteers are needed on Friday, March 5th between 1 P.M. and 6 P.M. and Saturday, March 6th between 6:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. (Any volunteer wanting lab work should arrive Saturday at 5:30 AM.) You will receive a pedometer from State Farm Insurance and special T-shirt that will be the envy of all! Please contact Jennifer Patzkowsky via email at email@example.com or by phone at 648-3057 to volunteer. Gotta get away? Just Let Go! TradeWinds Island Resorts Very Special Polk County School Board Employee Discount Program St. Pete Beach is where you gotta be! Whether it’s for an active, family-friendly beachfront stay at the AAA four-diamond Island Grand, featuring boatloads of fun-in-the-sun and kids activities galore; or a more relaxed escape at Sandpiper Suites with its tranquil beachfront setting... Polk County School Board employees now qualify for the best rates around! Please make note of your promo code: VSE (Very Special Employee.) You will always need it when making a reservation. Reservations are only accepted on-line and may be made up to 90 days in advance. Please remember that room types and dates are subject to availability and promotional allotment, are for leisure travel only, and cannot be used for meetings and conference accommodations. For resort information, call 800-251-0613 or visit www.JustLetGo.com/VSEPolk.
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